Notice to Hispanic and/or Women Farmers or Ranchers Compensation for Claims of Discrimination

If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. This means you may be eligible if:
1. you sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing during that period; and
2. the loan was denied, provided late, approved for a lesser amount than requested, or approved with restrictive conditions, or USDA failed to provide an appropriate loan service; and
3. you believe these actions were based on your being Hispanic, or your being female.

If you want to register your name to receive a claims packet, you can call the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429 or access the following website:

In 2011, a claims administrator will begin mailing claims packages to those who have requested one through the Call Center or website. The claims package will have detailed information about the eligibility and claims process.

For guidance, you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider in your community.

If you are currently represented by counsel regarding allegations of discrimination or in a lawsuit claiming discrimination, you should contact your counsel regarding this claims process.

USDA Cannot Provide Legal Advice to You.

NE SARE Farmer Grant Workshop: Learn how to get problem-solving grants that will benefit the community as a whole

● Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of a solution to a particular problem in farming?

● Have you ever wondered about writing a grant to see if your problem-solving idea really works?

● Does the whole process of writing a grant just seem overly complicated?

● Would you like some guidance through the grant writing process?

● Do you raise animals, crops, grains, cut flowers or perhaps even bees?

This workshop is designed to guide farmers through the individual steps of writing a grant for Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education). The business of getting grants is competitive and learning the tools that will get you closer to receiving a grant is valuable. By attending this workshop you will learn how to answer the 7 questions required for a SARE Farmer grant.

This series of 7 workshops begins on Saturday, August 13.

All meetings will be held at the UD Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901

Registration deadline is August 5.  For more information contact Dr. Brigid McCrea at (302) 857-6424 or or go to

Attention Sussex Co. Gardeners! A Day in the Garden Open House

Saturday, July 16, 2011     10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sussex County Extension Office
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE

PLANT SALE   (benefits local educational outreach programs)

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES – Pot a Plant, Scavenger Hunt, Learn about Insects, Enjoy Birds, Butterflies, Frogs and Goldfish.  Peter Rabbit’s Adventures in Farmer McGregor’s Vegetable Garden Puppet Show!
Show Times: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.

ACCESSIBLE GARDENING – Get great ideas; try new tools.  Learn to Garden Smart, Garden Easy.

NEW TO VEGETABLE GARDENING – Save Your Harvest Demonstration—11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

PLANT PROBLEMS? – bring in samples to our plant clinic.

TOOL SHARPENING – bring yours and learn how to sharpen them properly.

PLUS… container gardening, vertical gardening, square foot gardening, raised beds, native plants, backyard habitat, lawns, soil testing, composting, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.

Bring Children, Grandchildren, Family & Friends.

For More Information, visit our website – or Tracy Wootten at 302-856-7303;

Don’t forget your camera!

University of Delaware Watermelon Twilight Meeting

Wednesday, August 3, 2011     5:00-7:00 p.m.
UD Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE

The University of Delaware will be hosting a watermelon twilight meeting and tour on Wednesday, August 3. Featured will be research on pollenizers for seedless production, hollow heart causes and hollow heart reduction, enhanced fruit set, growth regulators for watermelons, bacterial inoculants, bumblebees for watermelon pollination, disease management, insect control, and herbicides for under plastic and row middles. Researchers will be on hand to discuss their work and present current results. There will be a short walking tour.

Light refreshments will be provided

2011 Weed Science Field Day

Wednesday, June 22     8:30 a.m.
UD Research and Education Center,
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE.

The day will begin with registration beginning at 8:30 at the Grove near the farm buildings and new office building on the north side of the road.  We will start to view the plots at 9:00 am.  Coffee, juices, and donuts will be provided.  We will also provide sandwiches for lunch.

A variety of herbicide programs for conventional tillage and no-till are being evaluated.  Many of the registered corn and soybean herbicides are being tested, herbicide evaluation for watermelons, weed control programs for snap and lima bean, and a number of studies with traditional soybean herbicide programs are included.  Credits are available for Pesticide Credits and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA).


Summer Pasture Walk

Monday, June 20, 2011      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
1201 Bullock Road, Harrington, DE  19952
(From Harrington:  Route 14 West, go 1.8 miles. Turn right on Whiteleysburg Road, go 6.2 miles. Turn left onto Bullock Road.  Michael Bullock Farm is on right.)

A summer pasture walk is being held by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension for those interested in pasture management. Learn pasture management information including pasture nutrient needs, grazing management for livestock, identifying and controlling weeds, evaluating pasture stands as well as pasture establishment and maintenance. A variety of specialists from the University of Delaware will be on hand for discussion and to help answer your questions! This meeting is free and everyone interested in attending is welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and comfortable walking shoes.

Please RSVP by calling (302) 730-4000 by June 15th or email Carol Hrupsa

Nutrient Management and CCA Credits will be available

If you have special needs in accessing this meeting, please notify Carol two weeks in advance. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin.


New Castle County Small Grains Meeting

Monday, June 13, 2011     5:30-9:00 p.m.
Middletown UD Coop. Ext. Demonstration Site
Marl Pit Road, approx. 1 mile East of Rt. 301/71
Middletown, DE

5:30     Sign-in

6:00     Tour Small Grain Variety Trial Plots – Bob Uniatowski

6:45     Small Grain Disease Update – Bob Mulrooney

7:00     Insect Management Update for 2011 – Joanne Whalen

7:30     Weed Control Issues to Consider – Dr. Mark VanGessel

8:00     Market Update – Carl German

8:15     Fertility Issues and Reminders – Dr. Richard Taylor

8:30     Refreshments and General Discussion

Special Note: Bob Uniatowski will again be conducting the “Guess the Top Yielding Wheat” contest this year for NCC. The winner will receive 50 bushels of the wheat variety that comes out tops in the Middletown Wheat Variety Trials in 2011.


2011 Delaware Cooperative Extension Short Course: BENEFICIAL INSECT IDENTIFICATION

Wednesday, June 8     6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sussex County Extension Office
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

Cost: $10

Instructors: Brian Kunkel and Tracy Wootten

Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM )in your business?  Correct I.D. is key to control of pests in the landscape.   Enhance your skills at identifying beneficial insects in the landscape.

To register call any County Extension Office




Hope you can join us!

2 Pesticide, (Category 03,02, 06), and 1 CNP

It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin.


Annie's Project Reunion: Lunch & Learn

Friday, May 20, 2011     11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Todd Performing Arts Center
Chesapeake College, Route 50 & Route 213
Wye Mills, Maryland

It has been four years since Annie’s Project began in Maryland.  Since then, over 250 women in Maryland and Delaware have completed the course.  Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.

The program will include a luncheon and numerous breakout sessions covering farm management topics as well as a chance to meet farmwomen from Maryland and Delaware and to catch up with Annie’s Project classmates. The Keynote speaker will be Annie’s Project Founder, Ruth Hambleton.

Cost: $25 (includes the meal and materials)

Register online at or by mailing the registration form

Please feel free to contact Shannon Dill, (410) 822-1244, Jenny Rhodes, (410) 758-0166 or Tracy Wootten,, (302) 856-7303 if you have any questions.

We hope you will join us for a great day!


2011 Wye Strawberry/High Tunnel Twilight Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 2011     6:00 – 8:00 pm
Wye Research & Education Center
211 Farm Lane, Queenstown, MD 21658
(meet at the Farm Operations Complex)

**Rain or Shine**

Hear: University of Maryland and USDA specialists discuss current research and other small fruit growing topics and “programmed production” of small fruit

See: Four small fruit high tunnel trials.

We’ll have refreshments and pre-registration is not necessary. If you need special assistance to attend this program, please call Debby Dant at (410) 827-8056 x115, no later than April 6, 2011.

For additional program information, contact Michael Newell, Horticulture Crops Program Manager, (410) 827-7388 or

University of Maryland programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status or national origin.